Finding a Charter Broker: The best times you’ve had with family and friends have been on the water, on your own boat. Why not sample some of the other waters around the world—the warm, clear Caribbean and the sophisticated Mediterranean leap to mind—and book a charter for your next group vacation?
For many of us, the dream of owning a boat goes something like this: You buy a beautiful, powerful vessel that somehow stays in mint condition with minimal work and cost. You run her from one exotic locale to the next without emptying your wallet and without a care in the world.
The reality, of course, can be quite different. As any experienced boater
Laurence Provost kneels on the sofa, her fingers wrapped delicately yet deliberately over its back edge. The French charter broker peers intently out the Azimut 74's port-side saloon window. Dark, unyielding clouds hover over the towering mountains of southeastern Brazil. There are 365 islands here, each one ringed with rain-drenched beaches. It's been a relentless downpour for four days and
Have you ever been somewhere so unspoiled, so beautiful, so perfect you were afraid to tell anyone about it for fear they'd go there and ruin it? That's how I felt after a one-week bareboat charter on a 47-foot Moorings powercat out of La Paz, Mexico. I couldn't wait to tell everyone about the splendid isolation of the Sea of Cortez, which I consider the best bareboat cruising destination
I saw about 300 charter yachts in 2007. Most of them I toured at boat shows at a pace of at least ten yachts a day. My stack of collected brochures from last year alone is more than three-feet tall. And it sits in my office next to similar-size stacks from years past.
That's a lot of boats to try to remember, and I'd be lying if I told you they all stay at
I cannot imagine how the crew felt behind the galley door.
It was about 7:30 at night off the eastern coast of Phuket, Thailand, and I was sitting at the regal dining table onboard the 172-foot motoryacht Taipan III. I was about to be served dinner—a formal, European-style affair to celebrate the end of our group's charter in a beautiful cruising ground well on its way to
I had used the C word. And now the sommelier was rabid.
It was sometime between glass number seven and glass number nine on the tasting menu that I innocently, if perhaps a bit drunkenly, commented that every sip tasted remarkably different. I found this quite interesting given that all the whites being served at Olivier Leflaive's winery restaurant were chardonnays grown in the same part
The charter world has its share of classic destinations: the Western Med, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas. With awesome beauty and amenities galore, it's no wonder they're so popular. But mention them to charterers, and you're likely to get, "Been there, done that." Fortunately, for those with a passion for exploration, there are still plenty of off-the-beaten-path locales to visit. These
Southeastern Canada is definitely an off-the-beaten-course destination, one that bursts with harbors and history from the border of Maine up to Newfoundland and beyond. In other, more popular cruising destinations like the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, you might cruise by in a sleek new motoryacht to enflame the envy of everyone ashore. But up in this part of the world, it is a boat's own
On the southwest corner of a small Greek island called Symi, there is a harbor surrounded on two sides by wild brush and on the third by a sprawling monastery. The ornate, 18th-century complex is dedicated to Michael, the island's patron saint and protector of sailors. The faithful say the harbor is where all of the world's waters lead, and they have washed-ashore bottles stuffed with handwritten
If you have the means to enjoy a high-end yacht charter yet still haven’t experienced one, keep reading. Or if you have taken one yet have concluded that there’s nothing else that could be so tailored to your tastes, you should pay close attention, too. Chances are that neither of you realize there’s a company catering to the seafaring set that can and does offer access to an even more